Else Holmelund Minarik (1920-2012)

Little Bear

Else Holmelund Minarik, author of the Little Bear series of easy readers, died on July 12, 2012, at the age of 91. Little Bear, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, was one of the first I Can Read! titles published by Harper & Row, in 1957; in 1962, Sendak received a Caldecott Honor for Little Bear’s Visit […]

Donald J. Sobol (1924-2012)

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Author Donald J. Sobol died on July 11, 2012, in Miami, Florida, at the age of eighty-seven. He is best known for his long-running and beloved boy detective series Encyclopedia Brown. The series was honored with a special Edgar Award in 1976 and inspired both a comic strip (1978-1980) and a television show (1989). Sobol’s […]

Leo Dillon (1933-2012)

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Leo Dillon has passed away. Over a career that spanned five decades, the formidable illustrator, along with his collaborator and wife Diane, won numerous awards, including two Caldecott Medals (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, 1976 and Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, 1977), a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and several Coretta Scott King Honors. Editor […]

Ellen Levine (1939-2012)

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Ellen Levine, award-winning children’s author and tireless advocate for social justice, has passed away. Here are some Horn Book reviews of her most influential works.

Jean Craighead George

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Author and naturalist Jean Craighead George, a pioneer in nature writing for children, died on May 15, 2012, in Mount Kisco, New York, at the age of ninety-two. She authored over one hundred fiction and nonfiction children’s books, including the classic wilderness adventure novels My Side of the Mountain (a 1960 Newbery Honor book) and […]

Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

November/December 2003 Horn Book Magazine cover by Maurice Sendak

We remember the incomparable Maurice Sendak, longtime Friend of The Horn Book, with these articles about, interviews with, and writings and illustrations by the great man, along with select reviews of his books. It’s My Party: An Interview with Maurice Sendak by Leonard S. Marcus, from the September/October 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. […]

Diana Wynne Jones, R.I.P.

In honor of Diana Wynne Jones, a long and true friend of the Horn Book who will be much missed, we’re posting an article she wrote for the July/August 2004 Horn Book. Also, a rather funny letter.

R.I.P. Margaret K. McElderry

In memory of the great and good Margaret K. McElderry, who died on Monday, we offer the two-part interview Leonard Marcus conducted with her for the November-December 1993 and January-February 1994 issues of the Horn Book Magazine. The list of books Margaret published that I love is very, very long, but it begins with Margot […]

Barbara Cooney

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Barbara Cooney came late to center stage, after decades as an illustrator admired for her graphic arts skills. But that particular accolade carried an implication, justified or not, of limitation. To succeed in a changing market, to satisfy her own ambitions, Cooney had to transform herself into a different kind of artist — a colorist […]